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Roark Capital Group Acquires Driven Brands »

April 17, 2015 at 12:19PM PDT | Source: Roark Capital Group

Adds Leading Automotive Aftermarket Franchise Company to Portfolio
CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwired - April 17, 2015) - Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on franchise and consumer brands, announced today that its affiliate has acquired Driven Brands, the nation's leading franchise automotive company, from Harvest Partners, LP ("Harvest"). Jonathan Fitzpatrick, Driven Brands' Chief Executive Officer, will continue to lead the business and the Company will remain headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
Driven Brands manages a family of automotive companies including MAACO®, Meineke Car Care Centers®, Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops®, Pro Oil Change®, Econo Lube & Tune, AutoQual®, Aero-Colours® and Drive N Style®...

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. Completes Sale Of Romano’s Macaroni Grill To Redrock Partners, LLC »

April 17, 2015 at 12:15PM PDT | Source: Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc.

Announces Organizational Restructuring; Restructuring to Provide Leaner, More Efficient Organization Post Sale
HOUSTON - April 17, 2015(BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) today announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Romano’s Macaroni Grill subsidiary to Redrock Partners, LLC. Concurrent with the close of the sale, the Company also announced the following organizational and senior management changes:

Brad Leist has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. He will replace Michael Dixon, President and Chief Financial Officer, who will be formally leaving the Company, effective April 17, 2015, but will continue working on a consulting basis through May 15, 2015...

Consumers Name Penn Station East Coast Subs Top Sandwich Brand »

April 17, 2015 at 11:53AM PDT | Source: Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn Station ranked No. 9 limited-service chain overall in 2015 Nation’s Restaurant News Consumer Picks report.
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // MILFORD, OHIO - Penn Station East Coast Subs, the fast-casual restaurant known for its grilled, made-to-order sub sandwiches, hand-squeezed lemonade and fresh-cut fries, was named the best sandwich brand on the 2015 Consumer Picks survey produced by Nation’s Restaurant News and WD Partners.
In its fifth year, the survey provides feedback and benchmarking data based on attribute rankings for restaurant brands. The 2015 Consumer Picks report included more than 42,000 vetted consumer ratings and over 170 restaurant brands. Survey respondents rated chains on 10 attributes, including food quality, cleanliness, customer service, the likelihood of recommending, menu variety, reputation, crave-ability and atmosphere...

Coverall Named “Top 100 Franchise” By World Franchising Network »

April 17, 2015 at 10:47AM PDT | Source: Coverall Health Based Cleaning System

Leading Franchisor of Commercial Cleaning Businesses Recognized as Top Service Brand
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // Deerfield Beach, Fla. - Coverall North America, Inc., a leading franchisor of commercial cleaning businesses, has been named to Bond’s Top 100 Franchises list as selected by the World Franchising Network. This is the fourth consecutive year that Coverall has been listed as one of World Franchising Network’s top service brands.
“We’re honored to be named a top service brand by the World Franchising Network,” said Rick Ascolese, Coverall CEO. “This ranking is a true testament to the outstanding reputation of the Coverall brand and dedication of Coverall franchised businesses to their customers across the country...

New Menchie’s Store In Patterson Place Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

April 17, 2015 at 10:38AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // DURHAM, N.C. – Menchie’s, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Durham, North Carolina at 3604 Witherspoon Blvd, Suite 109, Durham, NC 27707. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie’s is sure to become a Durham favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie’s will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, April 18 to Friday, April 24 packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

Momentum Builds For National Military-Focused Franchise JDog Junk Removal & Hauling »

April 17, 2015 at 9:34AM PDT | Source: JDog Junk Removal

Nation’s Only U.S. Military Veteran Brand Triples in Size, Strengthens Leadership Team in First Quarter 2015
BERWYN, Pa. - April 17, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, a rapidly growing company dedicated to increasing post-military career opportunities for veterans, has tripled its number of franchisees since January, and has continued to attract impressive leaders in business and military fields who are aligning themselves with the unique brand.
In less than three years, JDog now has sold 16 franchise territories across six states, including Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, with 10 additional franchisees expected to come on board by the end of the month.
In February, the company announced the formation of the JDog Joint Chiefs Advisory Board, made up of highly-placed military veterans and successful entrepreneurs who advise the company and coach franchisees...

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Takes Home ARDA ACE Community Service Award »

April 17, 2015 at 9:06AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

WVO Wins 14 ARDA Awards at the Industry's Annual ARDA World Event
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. – Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), won the ACE Community Service Award, along with 13 other prestigious industry awards at the annual American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Awards Gala at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, April 15. The ARDA Awards celebrate the best and brightest in the vacation ownership industry in more than 60 categories.
The ACE Community Service Award recognizes the company’s integral role in last year’s Give Kids the World (GKTW) “Extreme Village Makeover” where 88 villas underwent renovations at the GKTW Village, a 70-acre, non-profit "storybook" resort in Kissimmee, Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families...

Russo’s Restaurants Names Seasoned Franchise And Corporate Expert Steve Hubbard As Director Of Operations »

April 17, 2015 at 8:43AM PDT | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – Russo’s Restaurants, which includes Russo’s New York Pizzeria as well as Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today the appointment of Steve Hubbard as its new director of operations.
In his new role as director of operations, Hubbard will focus his efforts toward planning operational excellence within Russo’s. He will manage and increase the efficiency of processes within the company and will enhance the communication between the brand’s corporate and franchise sectors. He has a significant role in making decisions within Russo’s financial management, organizational effectiveness, organizational leadership and risk management.
“We were striving to find someone for this role with a strong operational background complemented with a lifelong passion for cooking,” said Chef Anthony Russo, owner and CEO of Russo’s Restaurants...

The Pop Heard Around The World: Latest Doc Popcorn Opening Draws Masses In Japan »

April 17, 2015 at 7:10AM PDT | Source: Doc Popcorn
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Huge Crowds Captivated by Second of 10 Franchise Locations to Open in Japan
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // DENVER, Colo. – The latest opening of Doc Popcorn at Lalaport Mall in Fujimi this past week drew crowds of customers at its Grand Opening, which marked the second successful opening of the fresh-popped, kettle-cooked popcorn retail franchise in Japan.
Less than one year after the first Doc Popcorn grand opening in Tokyo, the Lalaport Mall PopShop™ is the latest step for the brand as it bolsters its international presence. The master franchise agreement, inked last March, will bring 10 Doc Popcorn locations to Japan, the third and fourth of which plan to open sometime this year.
Doc Popcorn at Lalaport Mall is owned and operated by FS Planning, an investment group with extensive experience building successful businesses within the restaurant, fast-casual and franchising industries including concepts such as Maxim de Paris, Vieille Vigne, Cote de Rouge, Dominique SAIBRON and Radish Boy...

New Sears Hometown Store Comes To Homosassa »

April 17, 2015 at 7:05AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses, and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
HOMOSASSA, Fla., April 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) recently opened its newest Florida Sears Hometown Store at 3936 South Suncoast Boulevard in Homosassa.
The Homosassa location marks the eighth opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the eighth opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"Bringing this store to Homosassa supplies residents with the top appliance brands at the lowest possible prices," said David Hagan, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Homosassa...

Papa John's Serves Up Its "Better Ingredients" With New Social And Digital Resources »

April 17, 2015 at 6:35AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Pizza-maker leverages online channels to highlight pizza ingredient quality: No trans-fats, MSG, fillers in meat toppings, BHA or BHT, or partially hydrogenated oils.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -  April 17, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Delivering consumers better ingredients for more than 30 years, Papa John's is providing a facelift to its digital and social channels by sharing new ingredient statements, definitions and details. The revamped digital channels provide consumers with details and background on their favorite ingredients and can be found at www.papajohns.com/better.
"I believe that Papa John's has one of the ‘cleanest' pizza ingredient labels in the QSR pizza industry," said Papa John, founder and chief executive officer of Papa John's...

BuyCarSafety.com ADVISR Report Provides Consumers With Critically Important Car Safety Information »

April 17, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: SpeedEmissions Car Care, LLC

BuyCarSafety.com ADVISR Report Provides Consumers with Critically Important Car Safety Information
ATLANTA, GA. - April 8, 2015 - Speedemissions, Inc. (OTCPK: SPMI, the “Company”), a leader in the vehicle emissions and safety inspections industry, is pleased to announce the availability of the Automotive Data Vehicle Information Safety Report (“ADVISR”), a simple solution for automobile owners to obtain Technical Service Bulletins and Automobile Recall Notices produced by other U.S and foreign automobile manufacturers. The report is available for purchase by visiting the Company’s automobile safety web site, BuyCarSafety.com.
It just could save a life.
Technical Service Bulletins, or TSB’s, are how an automobile manufacturer communicates with its network of dealers when it comes to problems under the hood, in the passenger compartment or even the body of an automobile...

The Growth Coach Of Charlotte's Owner Receives Prestigious Award At National Conference »

April 17, 2015 at 5:35AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

James Pagano wins Founder's Award. This award is presented to the franchise owner who shows exceptional leadership and dedication to The Growth Coach’s visions and goals.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) April 17, 2015 - The Growth Coach is proud to announce that the owner of The Growth Coach of Charlotte, James Pagano, has been awarded the prestigious Founder’s Award at the company’s annual national conference. This award is presented to the franchise owner who shows exceptional leadership and dedication to The Growth Coach’s visions and goals.
Cited as “a true leader in The Growth Coach Community,” Pagano received the award because “not only does he fully support the system and other coaches, he is dedicated to helping the small and medium sized business owners he works with...

School Of Rock Strums Its Way To Saltillo, Mexico »

April 17, 2015 at 5:31AM PDT | Source: School of Rock

Celebrate School of Rock’s Newest International Location
SALTILLO, Mexico - April 17, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - School of Rock, the leader in performance-based music education, announced today the opening of its newest international location in Mexico, located at Nazario Ortiz Garza 3440 in Saltillo. The opening of School of Rock in Saltillo will offer children an opportunity to pursue music education in an entirely new way.
The School of Rock music program differentiates itself by encouraging students to learn how to play with their fellow students. Taking the focus off the individual and creating a team dynamic allows students to enjoy a supportive and motivating environment in which to learn. For over 15 years, this method of teaching has led to the concept’s growth in over 150 schools in nine countries...

Carne Asada Back By Popular Demand At El Pollo Loco »

April 17, 2015 at 5:07AM PDT | Source: El Pollo Loco
El Pollo Loco Opportunities Available

Fire-Grilled Chicken Chain Offering Five New Limited Time Only Menu Items
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // COSTA MESA, Calif. - El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation’s leading firegrilled chicken chain, today announced the launch of new menu items featuring authentic firegrilled Carne Asada. The new Carne Asada menu items are available at all El Pollo Loco locations starting today.
“We are excited to unveil five new specially crafted menu items featuring our fire-grilled Carne Asada,” said Ed Valle, Chief Marketing Officer of El Pollo Loco. “Our grill masters have gone to obsessive lengths to bring out the authentic flavors of Carne Asada through our delicious new entrées. The Carne Asada burrito, tostada, taco, quesadilla and wet burrito are fresh new takes on menu classics, and another way El Pollo Loco is working to ensure that our guests can find exactly what they are craving...

Toys"R"Us® In-Store Campaign Raises More Than $2 Million To Benefit Special Olympics »

April 17, 2015 at 4:49AM PDT | Source: Toys R Us

Company’s U.S. Shoppers Pledged Significant Support through In-Store and Online Fundraising to Help Ensure Youth of All Abilities Can Experience #MyFirstSportsMoment; Customer Donations Combined with Toys"R"Us Children’s Fund Grants Totaling Nearly $4 Million Aid Special Olympics World Games and Global Growth of Young Athletes™ Program; 100-Day Countdown to 2015 Special Olympics World Games Begins Today
April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // WAYNE, N.J. - Toys"R"Us® today announced that a recent campaign hosted in its stores across the U.S. and online at Toysrus.com to benefit Special Olympics raised more than $2 million. Throughout the duration of the eight-week awareness and fundraising program, Toys"R"Us customers pledged their support to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience #MyFirstSportsMoment by learning how to hit balls, run bases, take jump shots and more through Special Olympics...

Frank Provencal Joins EXIT Realty In Wells »

April 17, 2015 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Wells, Maine (Grassroots Newswire) April 14, 2015 - EXIT Oceanside Realty in Wells today announced the addition of Frank Provencal to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Frank to EXIT Realty," says Rick Coyne, Broker/Owner of EXIT Oceanside Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Frank each and every day."
Frank is a former assistant classification officer for the Maine Department of Corrections. A former owner of a stove shop, Frank is excited to begin his real estate career with EXIT.
"I'm excited to be an agent with EXIT Oceaniside Realty and the entire EXIT family. As a new agent, I will strive to give my clients the finest personal service possible," says Frank...

Night Owls Invited To Art Van Furniture's Fun, Fact-Filled 'Ladies Night Out' Slumber Party  »

April 17, 2015 at 4:29AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Sunday, May 3 In Shelby Township To Kick Off National Better Sleep Month
National sleep expert Dr. Robert Oexman to wake up guests about health benefits of a great night's sleep
WARREN, Mich. - April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - If you snooze, you'll lose! Metro Detroiters will wake up rested, refreshed and reenergized after attending Art Van Furniture's free 'Ladies Night Out' Slumber Party on Sunday, May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at its Shelby Township store (14055 Hall Road). The free, information-packed event will kick off National Better Sleep Month, and will feature everything women and men need to know about getting a great night's sleep under one roof including invaluable advice from Dr. Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute in Missouri, and Dr...

Gap Inc. Supports Robust Trade Agenda And Introduction Of Bipartisan TPA Legislation »

April 17, 2015 at 4:24AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - April 16, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today applauded the introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to modernize and renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and enable a robust trade agenda to bolster U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. The legislation would help open the door to new markets for U.S. goods and services, help level the playing field for American retailers, and support well–paying U.S. Jobs.
"Trade is vital to the global competitiveness of Gap Inc., and supports more than 110,000 Gap Inc. employees across the United States," said Sonia Syngal, executive vice president of global supply chain and product operations, Gap Inc...

Denis F. Kelly To Join Weight Watchers Board Of Directors »

April 17, 2015 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Denis F. Kelly will stand for election to the Board of Directors at the Company's 2015 annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 7, 2015. Mr. Kelly will also serve as chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company's Board of Directors. Marsha Johnson Evans, who has served as a director of the Company since February 2002, has informed the Board of Directors that she will not stand for re-election at the 2015 annual meeting of shareholders.
"It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve on Weight Watchers Board of Directors for the past thirteen years. Weight Watchers is an excellent company with an admirable mission and an esteemed brand...



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